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ESPN Insider Has A Troubling Update On USC Football

Stanford's offense going against USC's defense in the Coliseum.

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 14: The USC Trojans and the Stanford Cardinal play with crowde stands in the background on November 14, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Stanford won 55-21. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Clay Helton remains the head coach of the USC football program, though an announcement on the future of the Trojans could be coming later today.

While many expect the head coach to be fire, ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler hinted during their broadcast that Helton could be returning in 2019.

Helton said at his press conference that USC's athletic director, Lynn Swann, told him that "better days" were ahead. Some have speculated that those words mean Helton will be returning.

One ESPN insider has heard that Helton has a huge buyout, which could contribute to him coming back in 2019.

"If Clay Helton’s buyout is around $15 million, which I’ve heard from multiple people, there’s a bigger problem with the USC athletic department than a bad football coach. We’re talking about an interim coach who had never been a head coach before and was in Memphis for a decade," he reports.

USC does have some big boosters, though. Colin Cowherd reports that several of them are calling for a change. "According to ABC announcers, Clay Helton is safe. If safe now means top USC boosters have told Lynn Swann to fire him, then yes, he is safe," he reports.

Stay tuned.